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Nintendo amiibo are toys and cards that do a lot more than just look really cool. Embedded with special data, amiibo can be used to unlock special features in select video games on certain Nintendo gaming systems.
When is a toy more than just a toy? When it can be paired with a video game and unlock lots of cool in-game features, and that's what Nintendo amiibo is all about. If you'd like to know more about amiibo and amiibo games read on for answers to some of the most common questions.
Nintendo amiibo figures and amiibo cards contain data that can be wirelessly transferred to the Nintendo Wii U console and 3DS line of handheld consoles. This data works with select video games to add special characters and bonuses. amiibo can also store data so you can bring your personalized character to a friend's house and play it there.
Through the magic of NFC (Near Field Communication) technology you can wirelessly transfer data from the amiibo to a Nintendo Wii U or any of the 3DS handheld consoles. (Wireless transfers for the original 3DS, 3DS XL, and 2DS require a Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory, which is sold separately.) The extra in-game features you get from this transfer vary depending on the amiibo and game.
An amiibo can add a character into a game, provide bonuses or special items, level up or customize characters, or unlock new adventures. Since the list of possible features is long and varied depending on the amiibo and game it's best to check the Nintendo amiibo website for the latest info.
Yes, amiibo are only compatible with Nintendo systems. There are a few special amiibo characters that work with Skylanders SuperChargers, but those characters will only work on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of the Skylanders SuperChargers game.
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